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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Z is for ZigZag Razor


I have a razor tool that lets me create a ZigZag shape in the glass, it's a wavy razor that I use to "cut" into the glass whilst it's very soft, almost molten, to make patterns.


Razor tools are probably one of my favourite tools to use in glass, I have 3!


On this bead, I've used the zigzag tool to create one type of effect - a pattern beneath transparent glass that you can almost see through into the layers.  You can use the tool in a number of ways; but this is one of my favourites!

Well dear readers and A to Z visitors - this is the last of my A to Z posts on My Glass Beadmaking Journey - I hope you've enjoyed a peek into my own glassy world!

Mars xx

P.S. This is also the 400th post on Curling Stones for Lego People, at the 100ths I tend to mark the occasion by writing something a bit more personal or special in some way... so it feels very fitting that this one marks my story to you about my own glass journey from A to Z.
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Now we are at the end of the A to Z challenge, and as always I'm off for some Zzzzz's... that is if I can get over my Beadsomnia...


What will you do next, now the A to Z Challenge is finished?

P.S. Don't forget to come back for the A to Z Reflections Post on 9th May!

24 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing the A to Z and your 400th post! :)

    It's been fun learning about glass beads and your passion for them - I admire your talent.

    For a while, now A to Z has finished, I'll be collapsed in a corner. I do have to thank my sister, Tash, because she held up the Wittegen Press A to Z almost single-handed this month as I rushed to keep up with my murder mystery and the awful distraction called a job! ;P

    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

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    1. Thank you and back at ya on your Murder Mystery!

      Yes do need to pop over to Wittegen Press, have been a bit neglectful of it since the start... too busy keeping up with mysteries and phantoms ;)

      Mars xx

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  2. Yay for finishing the AtoZ :) I have very much enjoyed hearing all about your bead making - I never knew how complex and delicate and art it it.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Thanks Tasha, it's been great chatting and thanks for all the scares over on your page... oh and for mr sexy demon ghost this morning! Yum :)

      Mars xx

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  3. That looks like a very useful tool and you've inspired me to learn more about lass beads. Thanks for playing. I enjoyed it so much.

    @Kathleen01930
    Meet My Imaginary Friends
    #AtoZchallenge

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    1. Thanks Kathleen, it's surprising what you end up with as a favorite tool!

      Congrats on finishing the A to Z too, it was fun to visit :)

      Mars xx

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  4. Congratulations on completing the A to Z Challenge -- it's been a blast and I'm so glad I found your blog in and amongst the hundreds of other!

    Cheers, Stephanie

    http://www.svcambria.com/2016/04/z-is-for-zooming-ahead-whats-next.html

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    1. Ditto on finding yours, loved your A to Z series, great writing and will see you around :)

      Mars xx

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  5. You're so talented to make your own beads! Congratulations on completing the A to Z Challenge! Have a good, restful weekend. ☺

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    1. Thanks, so glad it's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, an extra day to recover!

      Mars xx

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  6. I'm so glad that you decided to do the A to Z challenge this year, and particularly excited to see some of the behind the scenes details about glass beadmaking! :) It has been so interesting following along.

    Now that the challenge is wrapped up, I hope to finish off the bead that I started this month, and get back to my regular, more sustainable, posting schedule :D

    Tracy (Black Boots, Long Legs)

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    1. Thanks Tracy, it's partly thanks to you and your encouragement that tipped the scales at the last moment that I did participate as I was so on the edge of leaving it this year and taking a year off.

      Ditto on your series, it's been so interesting to see where our processes are similar and where they differ, and great that I've had a chance to play with regular clay during the A to Z so it's opened up a whole new possibility for me!

      Mars xx

      p.s. I hear you on the more sustainable posting schedule, about once a month sounds lovely to me! Although there'll be a new post up by the 9th May ;)

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  7. Congratulations on completing the challenge!
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett

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    1. Thanks, congrats to you too!

      Mars xx

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  8. "Beadsomnia!" love it! Congrats on not only finishing the A-Z, but for creating some amazing beads--I live near Shipwrecked Beads in Olympia WA (When I'm not living in the UK...) and will never look at the beads there in the same way after reading your posts. Gail at Making Life An Art

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    1. Hi Gail, thanks so much for your A to Z, great to be able to see it all from your point of view!

      Handmade glass is a lovely thing, but of course I am rather biased ;)

      Mars xx

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  9. I love the zig zag tool effect on your bead - it's beautiful. While beads don't cause me 'somnia' I can relate to being excited about the efforts of today and even more excited about what they will bring tomorrow. congratulations and well done on completing this year #atozchallenge.
    Reflex Reactions

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    1. Thanks Ida, congrats on reaching the finish line, I love your last post!

      Mars xx

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  10. This was a wonderful series! I'm just sorry I didn't get to read all the posts—but isn't that what May is for? ;) I'll be back, and often.

    Congratulations on making it to the finish line! And on the 400th-post celebration, too!
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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    1. Thank you so much Guilie, ditto on the posts, there are quite a few blogs I'll be coming back to in May as I ran out of time to follow all the series that I wanted to!

      Congratulations on your finishing too and exciting news about new possibilities for you :)

      Mars xx

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  11. Once again I've learnt something new about how you can create effects in your glass beads - love the photo it's so clear and detailed - and many congratulations on finishing the A-Z Challenge as well as your 400th post - double celebration time :)
    Pempi
    Stormy’s Sidekicks
    Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. Thanks, and thanks for the encouragement to sign up again this year :)

      Nice to have finished!

      Mars xx

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  12. Congratulations on completing the challenge! What an interesting hobby and technique!

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    1. Thanks Zeljka, congrats to you too!

      Mars xx

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